Broadcasters challenge TRAI letter asking broadcasters to provide a detailed architecture indicating which media is being used to deliver linear content to their own as well as third-party streaming platforms.

Star India has joined Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) and Sun TV Network to challenge the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) letter asking broadcasters to provide a detailed architecture indicating which media is being used to deliver linear content to their own as well as third-party streaming platforms. The broadcasters have challenged the TRAI’s letter in Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT). TDSAT has already directed the TRAI not to take coercive steps against broadcasters for not furnishing information related to the mode of retransmission of linear channels on over the top (OTT) platforms.

Salman Khan files a suit for defamation against NRI who blamed him for unsuccessful land transaction

After a failed attempt to purchase the land adjacent to Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s Panvel farmhouse, Ketan Kakkad, a Non-Residential Indian allegedly made derogatory remarks against the actor and his family. As a consequence of which, Salman Khan filed a defamation suit before the City Civil Court, Mumbai.

Khan has also filed an application for interim relief and moved an application for urgent relief seeking blocking/suspending/withdrawing of the social media accounts of Kakkad. The plea claims that Kakkad’s transaction was cancelled by the authorities on the ground of its illegality.

After the cancellation of transaction, Kakkad raised false and baseless accusations against Khan and his family and alleged false play on the part of the actor for the cancellation of the transaction.

Actor Siddharth’s controversial tweet against Saina Nehwal leads to a police case

The Hyderabad police’s cybercrime wing has registered a complaint against actor Siddharth over his controversial tweet against Indian Shuttler and Olympic Medalist Saina Nehwal. The police registered the case based on a complaint lodged by a woman under IPC and IT Act.

The feud arose when Nehwal had condemned the recent security breach of Prime Minister in Punjab on Twitter and the actor responded to her tweet with a sexist “joke”. His tweet faced severe backlash on social media platform and was also condemned by the National Commission for Women.

Siddharth has issued a public apology to Nehwal, calling his joke as unjustifiable.

WTO urged members to create deals for IPR waiver on COVID related vaccines, etc.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has urged its members to pace the efforts to reach a multilateral deal on waiver of intellectual property rights on vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics related to COVID-19 virus. This step has been proposed by India to ensure a complete participation and contribution of all nations to the fight against the virus.

India has proposed for a virtual ministerial conference to discuss about the waiver of relevant IPR protections. Once the waiver is done, other countries can easily create generic versions, thereby, reducing cost and research & development expenses.

Madhya Pradesh government soon to bring a law to regulate online gaming

After the alleged suicide by an 11 years old boy while playing Free Fire game, the Madhya Pradesh’s Home Minister, Narottam Mishra, has said that the state government will bring an act to regulate gaming applications on mobile phones. The Minister further claimed that the draft of the Act was nearly complete and it will soon be given a concrete shape.

SEBI cracks a new scam on social media

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has barred 6 people from trading in securities market who were indulged in fraudulent and unfair trade practices by making baseless stock recommendations through groups on WhatsApp and Telegram.

After receiving complaints, SEBI initiated investigation in 2021 regarding people who are not registered with SEBI but acting as an Intermediary by using social media platforms to artificially influence the stock prices.

Karnataka’s ‘Kagzi Lemon’ soon to get the GI tag

The ‘Kagzi Lemon’, largely located in the Indi taluk region of Vijayapura district of Karnataka, is months away from securing the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. The development has happened after scientists of Horticulture University of Bagalkot stepped in to support the Karnataka State Lime Development Board (KSLDB) in obtaining the tag.

The KSLDB’s Managing Director has claimed that the Kagzi Lemons have a thinner rind and more juice which adds on to the weight of the lemon. Further, the scientists have contributed to prove the uniqueness of the fruit.